Yummy yummy Chicken Tikka or Tandoori Chicken (it’s largely one and the same thing) – not only is it healthy but super delicious too!! Chicken is a usual suspect on our BBQ Menu but I’ve made it at home in the oven as well, and though it took a little longer to cook, it was just as yummy.
Here’s the details on how to make chicken tikka and I’ve mentioned both ways of cooking below –
– 400 to 500 grams of boneless chicken cubes or a 6 pieces of chicken drumsticks
– Veggies (½ green bell pepper diced into big piece, ½ tomatoes diced into big pieces and 1 large onion cubed)
– You can use readymade tikka masala / tandoori masala marinade powder or make your own masala marinade (¾ to 1 tsp. red chili powder, 1 ½ tsp. ginger garlic paste, 1/8 tsp. turmeric, ½ tbsp. kasuri methi / dried fenugreek leaves crushed, 1 to 2 tbsp. lemon juice, ¼ tsp biryani masala powder or ½ teaspoon of garam masala and lastly ½ tsp coriander powder.
– Salt to taste
– 1 tbsp. oil
1) Wash and cut chicken into equal sized cubes.
2) Mix all the ingredients under chicken tikka masala marinade with yogurt and lemon juice. Marinate the chicken for at least an hour, overnight for best results. If marinating for over an hour, refrigerate it.
3) Soak the wooden skewers for at least 30 mins in water to prevent them from burning.
4) Just before you begin to grill, cube the veggies and marinate in the left over marination.
5) Put everything on to skewers, alternating veggies and chicken. If using chicken drumstick, skip this step.
In the oven:
Pre-heat the oven to 240 C, line the skewers on a baking tray and dust lightly with oil. Bake for 20 to 30 mins or till fully done. Keep on checking as the cooking time varies, depending on the size of your chicken pieces and how tender it is, to ensure not to overcook it.
On the Grill:
– Start the grill as usual, clean it before starting to grill.
– Spray well with cooking oil to eliminate the chicken from sticking to the grill. Be careful when spraying oil on the grill to avoid fire or burns.
– Line up the readied skewers / drumsticks on the grill and spray/brush cooking oil on them.
– Grill and turn till you see the desired charred look, usually within 20 minutes.
– Take out and line it on a plate, garnish with coriander leaves. Your chicken tikka / tandoori chicken is ready to be served!!
Hope you enjoy this yummy dish as much as I do 😁 Lemme know how you liked it!!
I can’t wait for the weekend to get here so hopefully if it’s not raining we can get some BBQ time and chill by the hot tub!! Have a great weekend y’all!!